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Game Preview: 11/14/19 vs. Carolina

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, November 9
Buffalo 3 at Tampa Bay 5
Goals: Reinhart, Olofsson, Eichel
Goalie: Hutton (35 saves/40 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 1/3; Shots: Buffalo 43 – Tampa Bay 40

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 71)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 17 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 17 games
Marco Scandella (lower body, Oct. 25; injured reserve) – 6 games
Vladimir Sobotka (lower body, Nov. 9) – 1 game

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/11: Assigned D Lawrence Pilut to Rochester (AHL)
11/13: Recalled F Curtis Lazar from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Nov. 16: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 19: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24: Buffalo at Florida, 5 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
HURRICANES at SABRES

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Hurricanes this season.
  • Last meeting: Carolina defeated Buffalo 4-2 in Raleigh on March 16
  • Next meeting: Sunday, March 15 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 1-6-3 in their last 10 games vs. the Hurricanes; 4-4-2 at home.
  • This is the 205th game all-time between Buffalo and Carolina; Buffalo has a 102-75-27 series record.
  • The Sabres are 58-33-10 at home against the Hurricanes all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 7-3-7 all-time on November 14.
  • November 14, 2009: Tyler Ennis scores in his NHL debut and the Sabres top the Flyers 3-2 in Philadelphia.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Sam Reinhart has eight points (5+3) in his last eight games and enters tonight with multi-point efforts in each of his last two outings (3+1). He has recorded three straight multi-point games just once in his career: Dec. 15 to 18, 2018 (0+7).
  • Reinhart recorded at least a point in all three meetings with Carolina last season (0+4).
  • Jack Eichel has totaled 10 points (6+4) in 12 career games against the Hurricanes, including seven (3+4) in his last five and eight (6+2) in six home games.
  • Jimmy Vesey has recorded nine points (5+4) in eight games against Carolina since the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
  • Jeff Skinner has scored at least one goal in each of his three career games against his former club (4+0).
  • Colin Miller has totaled four points (1+3) in his last four games against Carolina.
  • Marco Scandella had a point in both of his meetings with the Hurricanes last season (1+1).

CENTURY MARK

  • Rasmus Dahlin is expected to appear in his 100th NHL game tonight.
  • Dahlin, who leads all Sabres defensemen with 12 points and is tied for the team lead with 11 assists this season, enters the game with 56 career points (10+46) through his first 99 NHL games.
  • Among defensemen throughout franchise history to debut with the Sabres, only Phil Housley (30+64) matched or surpassed Dahlin’s minimum of 56 points through the first 100 regular-season games of his career.

WELCOME TO BUFFALO

  • Curtis Lazar is expected to make his regular-season Sabres debut tonight. He would become the sixth player (of Buffalo’s 22 skaters to dress this season) to make his Sabres debut in 2019-20.
  • Prior to his recall on Wednesday, Lazar had recorded nine points (4+5) in his last nine games with the Rochester Americans (AHL), including a career-best five points (2+3) on Oct. 26 at Syracuse and goals in each of the team’s last two games.
  • Selected by the Ottawa Senators in the first round (17th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Lazar posted AHL career highs in goals (20), assists (21) and points (41) in 57 games with the Stockton Heat in 2018-19, earning a spot at the 2019 AHL All-Star Classic.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/13 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 25.0% PP% (5th)
  • Dahlin: 7 PPA (T-10th)
  • Eichel: 1 OTG (T-6th), 4 PPG (T-8th), 9 PPP (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st), 2.39 GAA (9th)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-6th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (4th)
  • Ristolainen: 57 hits (T-9th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-6th)

BUF-CAR CONNECTIONS

  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner played for the Hurricanes from 2010 to 2018 after being selected by Carolina with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft. Skinner totaled 379 points (204+175) in 579 games with the Hurricanes and still ranks in the top 10 in franchise history in goals (5th), points (7th) and games played (9th).
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel and Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin played together for Team USA at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel and Hurricanes defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk both played for the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres goaltender Carter Hutton played in St. Louis with Hurricanes defenseman Joel Edmundson from 2016 to 2018.
  • Sabres forward Marcus Johansson and Hurricanes forward Brian Gibbons played together in New Jersey during the 2017-18 season.
  • Sabres defenseman Henri Jokiharju and Hurricanes forward Eetu Luostarinen won a gold medal together for Team Finland at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Curtis Lazar played with Hurricanes forward Ryan Dzingel in Ottawa from 2015 to 2017.
  • Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe and Hurricanes defenseman Jake Gardiner played for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Colin Miller and Hurricanes forward Erik Haula were both members of the Golden Knights’ inaugural team. The two played together in Vegas for two seasons, from 2017 to 2019.
  • Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour was a teammate of Hurricanes forward Brian Gibbons in Anaheim for part of the 2018-19 season.
  • Sabres forward Kyle Okposo and Hurricanes forward Nino Niederreiter both previously played for the New York Islanders. They were teammates from 2010 to 2012.
  • Sabres forward Victor Olofsson and Hurricanes forward Lucas Wallmark played for Team Sweden together at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen and Hurricanes forwards Sebastian Aho, Erik Haula, and Teuvo Teravainen all played for Team Finland at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Ristolainen and Teravainen also played together at the 2013 and 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships, winning a gold medal in 2014.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner and Hurricanes goaltender James Reimer were teammates at the 2011 IIHF World Championship, where both played for Team Canada.
  • Sabres forward Jeff Skinner and Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal both played for Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.
  • Sabres forward Jimmy Vesey and Hurricanes defenseman Jake Gardiner played together at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, winning a bronze medal for Team USA.

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (57), Miller (31), McCabe (30)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (38), Ristolainen (26), Jokiharju (17)
Shots: Skinner (62), Eichel (56), Reinhart (39)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 1-5-1 (3), 12/24, 2/17, 14/18

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-1; 122-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 3:13)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 76-70 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Rasmus Dahlin … 1 game … 100 career games played
Carter Hutton … 2 games … 200 career games played
Brandon Montour … 8 games … 200 career games played
Jake McCabe … 9 games … 300 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 6 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 8 points … 500 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Ristolainen … 200th NHL point … Nov. 8 vs. TBL
Casey Mittelstadt … 100th NHL game … Nov. 9 at TBL

Game Preview: 11/9/19 at Tampa Bay

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, November 8
Tampa Bay 3 at Buffalo 2
Goals: Reinhart (2)
Goalie: Ullmark (31 saves/34 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 3/4; Shots: Tampa Bay 34 – Buffalo 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 67)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 16 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 16 games
Marco Scandella (lower body, Oct. 25; injured reserve) – 5 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/3: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Marco Scandella on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Thursday, Nov. 14: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 19: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21: Buffalo at Boston, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at LIGHTNING

  • This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo 3-2 in Stockholm on Nov. 8.
  • Next meeting: Monday, Nov. 25 in Tampa
  • The Sabres are 3-6-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 2-7-1 on the road.
  • This is the 104th game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has a 55-39-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 29-19-4 on the road against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 6-8-4 all-time on November 9.
  • November 9, 2005: Thomas Vanek scores twice, including his first career NHL goal, and adds an assist in a 5-3 home loss against the Carolina Hurricanes.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • Casey Mittelstadt is expected to appear in his 100th NHL game tonight.
  • Sam Reinhart has five points (3+2) in his last five games. He has recorded eight points (7+1) in his last eight games against the Lightning, including three two-goal outings.

THINK GLOBALLY

  • Tonight’s game is the final of three NHL games to be contested in Europe this season as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series, following the season-opening matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • This marks the third straight year (and the eighth season overall) that the NHL has contested regular-season games in Europe. It is the second time the Sabres have been part of those games, as the team defeated the Anaheim Ducks in Helsinki, Finland and the Los Angeles Kings in Berlin, Germany as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere.
  • The Sabres and Lightning become the eighth and ninth teams to play at least four regular-season games in Europe tonight. With a win, Buffalo would join Ottawa (3-0-1) and Anaheim (3-3-0) as the only teams with three wins in those games.

DOUBLE CENTURY

  • Rasmus Ristolainen recorded his 200th NHL point with an assist in yesterday’s game against the Lightning.
  • He became the ninth defenseman in franchise history to record at least 200 points for the Sabres.
  • Ristolainen’s 36 career goals rank him 13th among all Sabres defensemen in franchise history, trailing Jocelyn Guevremont by two for the 12th spot. His 164 assists leave him two shy of John Van Boxmeer for eighth-most.

HOME-AND-HOME

  • While today’s game is being contested at a neutral-site venue, it represents the second game in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and the Lightning.
  • It is the third home-and-home series ever to be played between the teams. Buffalo previously went 0-2-0 in a series against Tampa Bay on Oct. 22 and 25, 2011 and 1-1-0 on Dec. 2 and 4, 2014.
  • The Sabres have played in 164 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 93-48-23 (.637) in the home games and 57-78-29 (.436) in the road games in previous series.
  • The team is 71-64-29 (.521) all-time in the first game of these previous series and 79-62-23 (.552) in the second.
  • Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (32), three points (24), two points (67), one point (17), zero points (24).
  • Buffalo swept San Jose in their last home-and-home series on Oct. 19 and 22. They will face the Toronto Maple Leafs in their next one on Nov. 29 and 30.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s fourth of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began with a 3-2 loss last night vs. Tampa Bay. The Sabres are 0-4-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-1-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (2), one point (0) and zero points (1).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings after yesterday’s game)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 25.9% PP% (3rd)
  • Dahlin: 7 PPA (T-5th)
  • Eichel: 1 OTG (T-5th), 9 PPP (6th), 4 PPG (T-8th), 301 FO (9th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st), 2.09 GAA (5th), .928 SV% (7th)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-5th)
  • McCabe: 36 BkS (T-10th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (4th), 8 PPP (T-9th)
  • Ristolainen: 54 hits (7th)
  • Skinner: 58 S (9th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-6th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (54), McCabe (30), Miller (30)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (36), Ristolainen (25), Jokiharju (17)
Shots: Skinner (58), Eichel (53), Reinhart (38)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 1-4-1 (3), 9/19, 2/15, 13/15

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-1; 122-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 3:13)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 76-70 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Casey Mittelstadt … 1 game … 100 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 2 games … 100 career games played
Carter Hutton … 3 games … 200 career games played
Brandon Montour … 9 games … 200 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 7 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 8 points … 500 career points 

RECENT MILESTONES
Rasmus Ristolainen … 200th NHL point … Nov. 8 vs. TBL

Game Preview: 11/8/19 vs. Tampa Bay

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Saturday, November 2
NY Islanders 1 at Buffalo 0
Goals: N/A
Goalie: Hutton (20 saves/21 shots)
PP: 0/3; PK: 1/1; Shots: Buffalo 27 – NY Islanders 21

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 64)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 15 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 15 games
Marco Scandella (lower body, Oct. 25; injured reserve) – 4 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
11/2: Activated D Brandon Montour from IR
11/3: Recalled D Lawrence Pilut from Rochester (AHL); Placed D Marco Scandella on IR

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Nov. 9: Buffalo at Tampa Bay (Stockholm, Sweden), 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 14: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 19: Minnesota at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
LIGHTNING at SABRES

  • This is the first of four meetings between the Sabres and Lightning this season.
  • Last meeting: Tampa Bay defeated Buffalo 2-1 (SO) in Tampa Bay on Feb. 21.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Nov. 9 in Stockholm, Sweden
  • The Sabres are 3-5-2 in their last 10 games vs. the Lightning; 3-6-1 at home.
  • This is the 103rd game all-time between Buffalo and Tampa Bay; Buffalo has an 55-38-9 series record.
  • The Sabres are 26-19-5 at home against the Lightning all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 8-5-4 all-time on November 8.
  • November 8, 1980: Danny Gare scores twice in a 10-second span in a 3-3 tie at Washington.
  • November 8, 2001: The Sabres get goals from seven different scorers and Martin Biron makes 16 saves as Buffalo shuts out the Atlanta Thrashers by a score of 8-0 at home.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres are 20-17-4 all-time in the first game after a break of at least five days (excludes season-openers).
  • Buffalo had the No. 3 power play in the league before Thursday’s games, converting on 14 of the team’s 52 power plays this season (26.9%). Only the Boston Bruins (16) had scored more goals with the man advantage this season.
  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in 10 of their 15 games so far this season, going 8-1-1 in those contests. Only Boston (11) had scored first in more games entering play Thursday.
  • Sam Reinhart recorded four points (3+1) in four games against the Lightning last season.
  • Jimmy Vesey totaled three points (1+2) in three meetings with Tampa Bay in 2018-19.
  • Rasmus Dahlin has recorded a point in each of his last two games against the Lightning (1+1).

THINK GLOBALLY

  • Tonight’s game is the second of three NHL games to be contested in Europe this season as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series, following the season-opening matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • The final game of the series will take place between the Sabres and Lightning tomorrow at Ericsson Globe.
  • This marks the third straight year (and the eighth season overall) that the NHL has contested regular-season games in Europe. This is the second time the Sabres have been part of those games, as the team defeated the Anaheim Ducks in Helsinki, Finland and the Los Angeles Kings in Berlin, Germany as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere.

HOME AWAY FROM HOME
The Sabres are playing a regular-season home game away from the team’s home arena for the eighth time in franchise history. Buffalo is 1-3-3 in the seven previous games, with the win coming against the Anaheim Ducks in Helsinki, Finland as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere.

Sabres Regular-Season Home Games Away From Home Arena

Season Date Opponent Result City
1992-93 March 3, 1993 Vancouver 5-2 loss Hamilton, Ontario
1993-94 Nov. 3, 1993 Pittsburgh 6-2 loss Sacramento, California
2003-04 Nov. 12, 2003 New Jersey 2-2 tie Rochester, New York
2005-06 Oct. 26, 2005 Washington 3-2 loss Rochester, New York
2007-08 Jan. 1, 2008 Pittsburgh 2-1 loss (SO) Orchard Park, New York
2011-12 Oct. 7, 2011 Anaheim 4-1 win Helsinki, Finland
2017-18 Jan. 1, 2018 NY Rangers 3-2 loss (OT) Queens, New York

 DIVISIONAL SUCCESS

  • Entering today’s game, the Sabres have wins in five straight games against Atlantic Division opponents dating back to last season, including a 3-0-0 record so far in 2019-20.
  • A win today would give Buffalo wins in six consecutive divisional matchups for the first time since the team won seven in a row against Northeast Division opponents from Dec. 15, 2010 to Feb. 15, 2011.

HOME-AND-HOME

  • While today’s game is being contested at a neutral-site venue, it represents the first game in a home-and-home series between the Sabres and the Lightning. It concludes with tomorrow’s rematch at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • It is the third home-and-home series ever to be played between the teams. Buffalo previously went 0-2-0 in a series against Tampa Bay on Oct. 22 and 25, 2011 and 1-1-0 on Dec. 2 and 4, 2014.
  • The Sabres have played in 164 previous home-and-home series in franchise history, going 93-48-23 (.637) in the home games and 57-78-29 (.436) in the road games in previous series.
  • The team is 71-64-29 (.521) all-time in the first game of these previous series and 79-62-23 (.552) in the second.
  • Buffalo’s points breakdown in these previous series is as follows: four points (32), three points (24), two points (67), one point (17), zero points (24).
  • Buffalo swept San Jose in their last home-and-home series on Oct. 19 and 22. They will face the Toronto Maple Leafs in their next one on Nov. 29 and 30.

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens Buffalo’s fourth of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow at Tampa Bay. The Sabres are 0-3-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-1-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (2), one point (0) and zero points (1).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 11/7 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 26.9% PP% (3rd)
  • Dahlin: 7 PPA (T-3rd)
  • Eichel: 9 PPP (T-4th), 1 OTG (T-5th), 4 PPG (T-6th), 282 FO (10th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st), 2.09 GAA (6th), .928 SV% (8th)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-5th)
  • McCabe: 36 BkS (T-9th)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-3rd), 8 PPP (T-8th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-6th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (45), McCabe (29), Miller (28)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (36), Ristolainen (22), Jokiharju (17)
Shots: Skinner (55), Eichel (52), Reinhart (31)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 1-3-1 (3), 7/16, 2/13, 10/11

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-1; 122-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 3:13)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 76-70 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Casey Mittelstadt … 2 games … 100 career games played
Carter Hutton … 3 games … 200 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 3 games … 100 career games played
Brandon Montour … 10 games … 200 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 9 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 point … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 8 points … 500 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
N/A

Game Preview: 11/2/19 vs. NY Islanders

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Friday, November 1
Buffalo 1 at Washington 6
Goals: Jokiharju
Goalie: Ullmark (28 saves/34 shots)
PP: 0/2; PK: 1/1; Shots: Washington 34 – Buffalo 30

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 61)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 14 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 14 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 14 games
Marco Scandella (lower body, Oct. 25) – 3 games
Jimmy Vesey (upper body, Oct. 25) – 3 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/27: Recalled D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)
10/29: Assigned D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Nov. 8: Tampa Bay at Buffalo (Stockholm, Sweden), 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9: Buffalo at Tampa Bay (Stockholm, Sweden), 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 14: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17: Buffalo at Chicago, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
ISLANDERS at SABRES

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Islanders this season.
  • Last meeting: New York defeated Buffalo 5-1 in New York on March 30.
  • Next meeting: Saturday, Dec. 14 in New York
  • The Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Islanders; 5-4-1 at home.
  • This is the 172nd game all-time between Buffalo and New York; Buffalo has an 82-65-24 series record.
  • The Sabres are 46-28-12 at home against the Islanders all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-7-3 all-time on November 2.
  • November 2, 1984: Brent Peterson (1+3), Gilbert Perreault (1+2), Ric Seiling (1+2) and Phil Housley (0+3) all post three or more points in Buffalo’s 8-1 over Hartford at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
  • November 2, 1996: Dominik Hasek makes 32 saves and Patrick Roy stops all 20 Buffalo shots as the Sabres and Avalanche duel to the fifth scoreless tie in Sabres history.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in 10 of their 14 games so far this season, going 8-1-1 in those contests. The Washington Capitals are the only other NHL team that has scored first in 10 games this season.
  • The Sabres had the No. 3 power play in the league at the conclusion of last night’s game, converting on a league-high 14 of their 49 power plays this season (28.6%).
  • Buffalo’s penalty kill is 11-for-12 (91.7%) in the team’s last seven games against the Islanders.
  • Victor Olofsson was named the NHL Rookie of the Month for October after totaling 10 points (6+4) in 13 games.
  • After tonight’s game, the Sabres are off until Friday, when they play the first of two games in a back-to-back series against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Stockholm, Sweden as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series.

HOT AGAINST THE ISLANDERS

  • Jack Eichel has totaled eight points (2+6) in his six meetings with the Islanders since the beginning of the 2017-18 season, including four points (1+3) in three home games.
  • Colin Miller has recorded at least a point in each of his three games against the Islanders in the last two seasons, totaling four points (1+3) in those contests.
  • Kyle Okposo has tallied a point in each of his four home games against his former club since joining the Sabres (1+3).
  • Linus Ullmark is 3-1-0 in four career games against the Islanders with a .938 save percentage and a 1.75 goals-against average.

EICHEL’S FIRST 300
Jack Eichel played in his 300th NHL game last night at Washington. With 108 goals, 168 assists and 276 points through his first 300 career games…

  • Eichel has recorded the sixth-most points as a Sabre in his first 300 NHL games.
    • Leaders: Alexander Mogilny (354), Rick Martin (341), Gilbert Perreault (300), Pierre Turgeon (297) and Dave Andreychuk (292)
  • He has scored the 11th-most goals by a Sabre in his first 300 NHL games.
    • Leaders: Rick Martin (194), Alexander Mogilny (176), Danny Gare (146), Thomas Vanek (136), Dave Andreychuk (129), Donald Audette (127), Gilbert Perreault (119), Pierre Turgeon (116), John Tucker (111) and Rene Robert (110)
  • Only five Sabres have scored more even-strength goals though 300 NHL games than Eichel’s
    • Leaders: Rick Martin (131), Alexander Mogilny (117), Danny Gare (116), Rene Robert (100) and Dave Andreychuk (86).
    • Donald Audette, Gilbert Perreault and John Tucker each had 75 thorough 300 games.
  • Eichel has the sixth-most assists by a Sabre through 300 NHL games.
    • Leaders: Phil Housley (193), Gilbert Perreault (181), Pierre Turgeon (181), Christian Ruuttu (179) and Alexander Mogilny (178)
  • Only five players have recorded more multi-point games with the Sabres through their first 300 NHL games than Eichel’s 78: Alexander Mogilny (101), Rick Martin (96), Pierre Turgeon (87), Gilbert Perreault (82) and Rene Robert (79).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game wraps up Buffalo’s third of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which began last night with a 6-1 loss at Washington. The Sabres are 0-3-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-0-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (2), one point (0) and zero points (0).

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings after last night’s game)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 9 W (T-2nd), 20 PTS (T-2nd), 28.6% PP% (3rd)
  • Dahlin: 7 PPA (T-3rd), 7 PPP (T-10th)
  • Eichel: 1 OTG (T-1st), 9 PPP (3rd), 267 FO (T-3rd), 4 PPG (T-6th), 17 PTS (T-8th), 127 FOW (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st), 6 W (T-5th),.926 SV% (7th), 2.21 GAA (8th)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st)
  • McCabe: 35 BkS (T-1st)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-3rd), 8 PPP (T-4th)
  • Skinner: 55 S (4th)
  • Ullmark: 1 SO (T-5th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (42), McCabe (29), Sobotka (26)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (35), Ristolainen (21), Jokiharju (16)
Shots: Skinner (55), Eichel (47), Reinhart (30)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 1-2-1 (3), 7/15, 2/10, 9/10

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-1; 122-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 3:13)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 76-70 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Casey Mittelstadt … 3 games … 100 career games played
Carter Hutton … 4 games … 200 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 4 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 9 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 point … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 8 points … 500 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
Jack Eichel … 300th NHL game … Nov. 1 at WSH

Game Preview: 11/1/19 at Washington

GAME-DAY RESOURCES

Game Notes NHL Stats Press Clips

LAST GAME
Monday, October 28
Arizona 3 at Buffalo 2 (SO)
Goals: Eichel, Skinner
Goalie: Hutton (42 saves/44 shots)
PP: 1/2; PK: 1/2; Shots: Arizona 44 – Buffalo 26

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 56)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Zach Bogosian (hip, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 13 games
Matt Hunwick (neck, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 13 games
Brandon Montour (hand, Oct. 3; injured reserve) – 13 games
Marco Scandella (lower body, Oct. 25) – 2 games
Jimmy Vesey (upper body, Oct. 25) – 2 games

TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
10/26: Assigned D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)
10/27: Recalled D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)
10/29: Assigned D William Borgen from Rochester (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
Saturday, Nov. 2: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8: Tampa Bay at Buffalo (Stockholm, Sweden), 2 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 9: Buffalo at Tampa Bay (Stockholm, Sweden), 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 14: Carolina at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16: Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.

TONIGHT’S GAME
SABRES at CAPITALS

  • This is the first of three meetings between the Sabres and Capitals this season.
  • Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Washington 5-2 in Buffalo on Feb. 23
  • Next meeting: Monday, March 9 in Buffalo
  • The Sabres are 3-5-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Capitals; 2-6-2 on the road.
  • This is the 162nd game all-time between Buffalo and Washington; Buffalo has an 89-51-21 series record.
  • The Sabres are 41-28-12 on the road against the Capitals all-time.

THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY

  • The Sabres are 11-6-3 all-time on November 1.
  • November 1, 1981: Bob Sauve stops 37 shots and Tony McKegney scores twice in a 6-2 victory over the Flyers at the Aud.
  • November 1, 2008: Ryan Miller earns his eighth NHL shutout and Thomas Vanek scores twice as the Sabres defeat the Capitals 5-0 at home.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

  • The Sabres have scored the first goal in 10 of their 13 games so far this season, going 8-1-1 in those contests. Entering play Thursday, no other NHL team had scored first in 10 games this season.
  • The Sabres have the No. 2 power play in the league, converting on a league-high 14 of their 47 power plays this season (29.8%).
  • Jimmy Vesey has totaled six points (3+3) in his last six games against the Capitals, including points in each of his last three visits to Washington (2+2).
  • Marcus Johansson has recorded at least a point in each of his last four games against the Capitals (2+3).
  • Rasmus Dahlin recorded four points (2+2) in three meetings with Washington as a rookie last season.
  • Sam Reinhart has totaled seven points (4+3) in his last five games against the Capitals.
  • Jack Eichel has posted four points (2+2) in four career visits to Washington.
  • Rasmus Ristolainen enters tonight’s game with an assist in each of his last three games against the Capitals.
  • Buffalo was perfect on the penalty kill in their three matchups with the Capitals last season, killing all 10 Washington power plays in those contests.

EICHEL’S FIRST 300
Jack Eichel is expected to play in his 300th NHL game tonight. With 108 goals, 168 assists and 276 points through his first 299 career games…

  • Eichel has already recorded the sixth-most points as a Sabre in his first 300 NHL games.
    • Leaders: Alexander Mogilny (354), Rick Martin (341), Gilbert Perreault (300), Pierre Turgeon (297) and Dave Andreychuk (292)
  • He has scored the 11th-most goals by a Sabre in his first 300 NHL games.
    • Leaders: Rick Martin (194), Alexander Mogilny (176), Danny Gare (146), Thomas Vanek (136), Dave Andreychuk (129), Donald Audette (127), Gilbert Perreault (119), Pierre Turgeon (116), John Tucker (111) and Rene Robert (110)
  • Only five Sabres have scored more even-strength goals though 300 NHL games than Eichel’s current total of 75.
    • Leaders: Rick Martin (131), Alexander Mogilny (117), Danny Gare (116), Rene Robert (100) and Dave Andreychuk (86).
    • Donald Audette, Gilbert Perreault and John Tucker each had 75 thorough 300 games.
  • Eichel has the sixth-most assists by a Sabre through 300 NHL games.
    • Leaders: Phil Housley (193), Gilbert Perreault (181), Pierre Turgeon (181), Christian Ruuttu (179) and Alexander Mogilny (178)
  • Only five players have recorded more multi-point games with the Sabres through their first 300 NHL games than Eichel’s 78 through 299: Alexander Mogilny (101), Rick Martin (96), Pierre Turgeon (87), Gilbert Perreault (82) and Rene Robert (79).

BACK-TO-BACK
Tonight’s game opens up Buffalo’s third of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, which continues tomorrow night vs. NY Islanders. The Sabres are 0-2-0 in the first game of back-to-back sets and 2-0-0 in the second game so far this season. Buffalo’s point breakdown in previous back-to-back sets is: four points (0), three points (0), two points (2), one point (0) and zero points (0).

A STRONG START

  • The Sabres finished October with a 9-2-2 record. It marked the franchise’s second-highest point total in the opening month of a season, trailing only the team’s 21-point output in October 2006 (10-0-1).
  • Buffalo’s plus-11 goal differential in October tied as their fifth-best in a season-opening month and was the best since October 2006 (plus-25).
  • Carter Hutton (2) and Linus Ullmark (1) combined for three shutouts through Buffalo’s 13 games in October. It is the first time in franchise history that the Sabres have posted three shutouts in the first month of the season.
  • The Sabres’ points percentage of .769 after the opening month ranked October 2019 in the franchise’s top five starts to a season.

Best Points Percentage Through First Month of Season

Season GP Record PTS PTS%
2006-07 11 10-0-1 21 .954
1975-76 10 8-1-1 17 .850
1972-73 10 6-0-4 16 .800
2009-10 11 8-2-1 17 .773
2019-20 13 9-2-2 20 .769

VIC-O MODE

  • All six of Victor Olofsson’s goals this season have come on the power play, tying for third-most in the league entering play Thursday. He also led all rookies in goals (6), tied to lead all rookies in points (10), and led rookie forwards in ice time per game (17:27).
  • Entering play Sunday, only James Neal had scored more power-play goals than Olofsson’s eight in 19 games played since he made his NHL debut on March 28, 2019 vs. Detroit. He has set an NHL record by becoming the first player in NHL history to score each of his first seven-plus career goals with a man advantage.

SABRES AMONG LEAGUE-LEADERS (Sabres’ league rankings before 10/31 games)

  • Buffalo Sabres: 9 W (T-1st), 29.8% PP% (2nd), 20 PTS (T-2nd)
  • Dahlin: 7 PPA (T-3rd), 7 PPP (T-7th)
  • Eichel: 1 OTG (T-1st), 9 PPP (3rd), 250 FO (6th), 4 PPG (T-6th), 17 PTS (T-8th), 7 G (T-9th)
  • Hutton: 2 SO (T-1st), 6 W (T-4th), 2.21 GAA (8th), .926 SV% (10th)
  • Johansson: 1 OTG (T-1st)
  • McCabe: 34 BkS (T-1st)
  • Olofsson: 6 PPG (T-3rd), 8 PPP (T-4th)
  • Skinner: 52 S (T-5th), 7 G (T-9th)
  • Ullmark: .932 SV% (6th), 1 SO (T-4th)

SABRES REAL-TIME STATS LEADERS
Hits: Ristolainen (40), McCabe (28), Miller/Sobotka (25)
Blocked Shots: McCabe (34), Ristolainen (19), Jokiharju (15)
Shots: Skinner (52), Eichel (43), Reinhart (29)

SABRES’ RECORD IN 10 GAME SEGMENTS [W-L-OTL (PTS), GF/GA, PP, PK]
1-10: 8-1-1 (17), 38/24, 12/39, 23/30
11-20: 1-1-1 (3), 6/9, 2/8, 8/9

OVERTIME RESULTS (2-1; 122-129 all-time)
Oct. 7 at CBJ: L, 4-3 (GWG-Texier, 2:08)
Oct. 9 vs. MTL: W, 5-4 (GWG-Johansson, 1:30)
Oct. 22 vs. SJS: W, 4-3 (GWG-Eichel, 3:13)

SHOOTOUT RESULTS (1-1; 76-70 all-time)
Oct. 11 vs. FLA: W, 3-2 (GDG-Eichel)
Oct. 28 vs. ARI: L, 3-2 (GDG-Schmaltz)

MILESTONES APPROACHING (Player … Needs … Milestone)
Games Played
Jack Eichel … 1 game … 300 career games played
Carter Hutton … 4 games … 200 career games played
Casey Mittelstadt … 4 games … 100 career games played
Rasmus Dahlin … 5 games … 100 career games played
Goals
Sam Reinhart … 9 goals … 100 career goals
Points
Rasmus Ristolainen … 1 point … 200 career points
Jimmy Vesey … 8 points … 100 career points
Kyle Okposo … 8 points … 500 career points

RECENT MILESTONES
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